Stephen Doyle is a Cork-based artist and graduate of Crawford College of Art and Design (2017). The artist is exploring issues of queer identity through the relationship between figuration and the politics of representation. Doyle makes portraits of LGBTQIA+ people, and often includes objects in the paintings, a gesture of ‘othering’ the art that mirrors the subject matter it investigates.
Painting, and portraiture in particular, is associated with the iconography of power (for example politicians and religious figures), and consequently with mainstream worldviews, of which queer identity and culture have always been excluded. By invoking them, Doyle makes an ironic comment on the subalternisation of the existence of the LGBTQIA+ community, and simultaneously does their part to illuminate it.
They are a graduate of Crawford College of Art and Design (2017). They are the recipient of two International Art Prizes ‘Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize’ and ‘Sunny Art Prize’. They were also shortlisted for the Zurich Portrait Prize, the work was later acquired by Crawford Art Gallery making it the first piece in the National Collection to discuss transgender/queer identity. They have had multiple solo exhibitions in Cork, Dublin, London. Also, secured residencies with Backwater Artist Studios, Harmony Art Gallery, Butler Gallery and Cork Pride. Most recently they have been granted the Visual Art Bursary Award (2020) by the Arts Council of Ireland, a second piece added to the National Collection of Ireland, commissioned by the Glucksman and included in the Art History syllabus for the Leaving Cert.